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Paddy cultivation in Ampara commences

District Secretary D.M.L. Bandaranayake addressing the Irrigation Officials and farmers.
District Secretary D.M.L. Bandaranayake addressing the Irrigation Officials and farmers.

Over 109,000 acres are cultivated with paddy in the Maha season 2020/21 and 10,822 acres have been prepared for sugarcane cultivation in the Ampara District. Sowing paddy commenced on October 10, District Secretary D.M.L. Bandaranayake said.

A meeting was held at the Akkaraipattu Central College Auditorium recently chaired by Gal Oya Right Bank Resident Manager S. L. A. Ansar to decide the calendar of the Maha season 2020/21 of the Galoya right bank in the Ampara District. Irrigation Regional Director Sujitha Gamage, Deputy Director M.F.A.Zaneer, Agriculture District Director M.S.A. Kalees, Divisional Secretaries M.S.M.Razan and J.Liyakath Ali, and Agricultural Organizations’ representatives were present.

District Secretary Bandaranayake said that farmers have to cultivate according to the cultivation calendar. Then cultivators will receive seed paddy, fertiliser and other essential chemicals in time, he said.

He said that farmers have to adhere to decisions made at the meeting. About 39,857 acres are cultivated with paddy under the Gal Oya right bank channel and of which, 24,010 acres will be cultivated in Akkaraipattu and the rest will also be cultivated.

Banadaranayake thanked the farmers for their valiant effort in producing the rice for the country. The farmers had overcome the natural and other unexpected disasters and succeeded in meeting their targets, he said.

He advised them to co-operate with the Irrigation Officials when tanks lack adequate water. “Our farmers are very cooperative, and they will adhere to the cultivation calendar,” he said. The Senanayake Samudraya supplies water to paddy fields. It has water capacity of 270,000 acre ft. Therefore, cultivation will be successful with the anticipated rainfalls, he said.